Blanca’s House doctors and surgeons of varying specialties are recruited to match up with the host country’s particular medical needs at a specific site. The medical team not only provides care, but also pre-screens candidates and schedules the surgical rotation, provides post-surgery care and training for follow up with local providers.
Non-medical volunteers provide the foundation for all of our missions. At least half of our volunteers have no medical background and their services are a critical component to the successful operation of our work. As a non-medical volunteer you will work side by side with the medical team throughout the hospital or clinic as well as build relationships with the community. Interacting with the people of our host country is a critical component for all short term medical mission trips and allows us to leave a lasting footprint on the community.Some common roles for non-medical volunteers:
- Hospital/Clinic set up and breakdown
- Patient registration and intake
- Patient escort services
- Translation services
Dental clinics are primarily focused on meeting the greatest needs of the people, which often consist of extractions and fillings. Additionally, our dental mission teams also perform a significant amount of oral health and hygiene.
The Junior Volunteer is one of the hardest working members of the Blanca’s House team. Junior Volunteers support the running our hospital operations. They assist in patient intake, triage, data and medical notes computer input, and have the opportunity to observe in and out of the operating rooms.
In addition, the following assistance is part of the responsibilities of a Junior Volunteer:
- Lifting and moving equipment
- Transporting patients
- Escorting patients
- Maintenance of paperwork
- Translation (where applicable)
Medical Students and Residents will:
- Be supervised by practicing Health Care Providers in their specialty.
- Be exposed to social and cultural issues more intensely than they would ever experience at home. We take care of problems caused by poverty, malnutrition, inadequate immunizations, inadequate health care systems, illiteracy, and inadequate sanitation in a culturally sensitive way.
- Be exposed to many disease entities that are uncommon in the United States and many that are in more advanced stages than would be expected in a first world country.
- Practice their clinical and surgical skills
Our comprehensive training program for Physician's Assistants and Nurse Practitioners enables you to work in a variety of settings and an opportunity to help the less fortunate anywhere in the world. By volunteering for a medical mission, you practice your skills in a setting that provides an opportunity for integrative medicine while gaining a global health perspective.